Will we ever be able to fix our government education system?
-12/7/07 Washington Post: “The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents the world's richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries.”
-3/9/11 AP: An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. "We should get out of the business of labeling schools as failures and create a new law that is fair and flexible, and focused on the schools and students most at risk," Duncan said. [Translation: lower standards…again]
-9/24/12 http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/%E2%80%A6%... Reading Scores Are the Lowest They've Been in 40 Years"
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php%E2%80%A6 Top All-Time [political campaign] Donors, 1989-2012:
-The National Education Association (largest government teachers’ union) gave $43,613,263: 71% went to democrats, 5% to Republicans.
-The American Federation of Teachers (second largest government teachers’ unions) gave $34,698,466: 86% went to democrats, 0% to Republicans.
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/t%E2%80%A6 National Center for Education Statistics: Average salaries for full-time teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools: 2007-08
-Public school teachers: $53,230
-Private school teachers: $39,690
-http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09... Total and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2006-07: In constant (inflation adjusted) 2008 dollars the amount spent per pupil in 1960 was $3,394; in 2007 it was $12,463
-http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pub%E2%80%A6 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DOC # 2004-09 Educator Sexual Misconduct:
"Actions of teacher unions. Until recently, teacher unions in many states have actively opposed legislation that would require positive identification (e.g., fingerprinting) of teachers convicted of sexual abuse of students. In most states, teachers who are already employed are exempt from regulations such as fingerprint identification."
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
Not as long as it is government controlled. Course material and subjects of study are decided by lobbyist for those who benefit instead of what kids want to learn and what skills are needed in the world.
For hundreds of years the world moved forward with a young person learning a skill from an older person with expertize and then expanding on it. The old mentor ship principle. Apprentice- Journeyman- Master system.
Now things are taught in schools just because certain special interest groups push the relevance of their field when there is none.
No child left behind should mean every child should be able to develop the skills they aspire to not the skills that ensure teaching jobs in certain subject areas.
- LibertyLover101Lv 58 years ago
The Government run schools has a one size fits all approach. It's just another government monopoly. Test scores are flat and the costs are through the ceiling. This is to be expected, as governments track record is clear. The Post Office lost another 9 Billion dollars last year of Our money. Amtrak was going to turn a profit within 3 yrs Nixon said. Still hasn't till this day.
Why has the quality of cell phones & TV's gone way up, but the costs have come way down? Competition! Keep the government out of the way and let the free market work in education like it does with any other Goods or Services.
Why would you trust something as important as education to inept government who has failed at every turn. Government isn't the solution to the problem. Government is the problem.
- YB LogicalLv 78 years ago
Some countries have a system of government mandated education where the children must attend government schools and follow a curriculum set by the government and administered by government employees. The children are required to submit to a series of tests developed by the government to insure that they are conforming to the government standards. These tests are administered at intervals throughout the "educational" process.
Many of the children are forced to take a drug called Ritalin if they fail to conform.
Just imagine the possibilities of such a system.
- MikeLv 48 years ago
Not with how all those politicians treat the educational system like their own little experimental baby and keep passing laws to radically alter it in stupid ways with zero thought. All those links, by the way, are on the wrong track. You're part of the problem, because you're putting the focus away from where it needs to be. Congratulations. You're yet another zombie that seems to think that teaching students is about everything but teaching students.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
If we get rid of Department of Education and put the states in charge of their schools, maybe.
We should also stop giving teachers everything they ask for and actually make them do their job.Source(s): Do you know how many ineffective teachers I had during my run through the public school system?
- ?Lv 68 years ago
We don't have enough money to fund it. We spend too much money in other areas, and unions will just demand more and more and we won't get the results we want.
- ViperLv 78 years ago
We need to first fix the government.
- Anonymous8 years ago